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An open and exploratory design-led research centre at Lancaster University
We conduct applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions.
We work with a variety of organisations to provide fresh perspectives on real-world issues and facilitate innovation.
We offer Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD study opportunities. All our staff are active researchers with extensive expertise in teaching.


VIP Guest at The Guardian Media Summit..

VIP Guest at The Guardian Media Summit..

..a unique experience.

Following the publication of a number of well received by the public articles on The Guardian (see here and here) Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves was invited to participate as a vip guest of the Guardian in this year’s Guardi ...Read full update

An app for Ebola?

An app for Ebola?

There's no doubting that the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa brought with it a series of extreme challenges. One of those challenges was keeping track of patients.

Doctors would spend 45 minutes of the time they were allowed in the infectious zone, fully dressed in their cumbersome gear,...Read full update

Co-designing musical instruments..

Co-designing musical instruments..

..reveals insights on user participation

This was by far the most playful and animated workshop the team has run. Workshop participants co-designed in groups very unique musical soundboard filled with musical instruments made from scratch. The session finished with people playing music using...Read full update

Design Archaeology

Design Archaeology

Understanding the role of modelmaking in the 21st century.

Nick Dunn was invited to speak at the 'Modelmaking in the Digital Age' symposium, held at the University of Manchester on 9th March 2015. His presentation, The Architectural Model: an archaeology of application, opened the proceedings...Read full update

Mobile Game Player Testing

Mobile Game Player Testing

As part of a research project based in Imagination we have been working on a game called COLD SUN and we are now seeking people to play the game over the course of a week.

What does it involve? After  playing the game for a week we an interview either in person or over the phone will be...Read full update

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